Dance of the Crescent Moon
|Rōmaji||Mikazuki no Mai|
|Literal English||Dance of the Three Days' Moon|
|English TV||Leaf Style: Crescent Moon Dance|
|Other||Leaf-Style Dance of the Crescent Moon (木ノ葉流三日月の舞, Konoha-Ryū Mikazuki no Mai; Literally meaning "Tree Leaf-Style Dance of the Three Days' Moon")|
|Anime||Naruto Episode #54|
|Game||Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga and Game|
The user creates two shadow clones before proceeding to assault the enemy, with the clones attacking from the left and right and the user attacking from above. The assault occurs on three fronts simultaneously; it is almost impossible to catch the opponent flat-footed. Furthermore, the mighty attacks are so severe that receiving a blow from even one among the three will inevitably result in a fatal wound.
The magnificence this jutsu projects as the user and their clones jump at the opponent's upper body creates orbital pattern and afterimage, the elegance of which is reminiscent to the shape of a crescent moon, hence the jutsu's name.
In the anime, it is shown that getting hit by all three attackers from the technique results in a blow powerful enough to send the opponent flying through several walls of buildings.
- In the manga and anime, Hayate calls this technique by its full name, Leaf-Style Dance of the Crescent Moon (木ノ葉流三日月の舞, Konoha-Ryū Mikazuki no Mai; Literally meaning "Tree Leaf-Style Dance of the Three Days' Moon"). The databook entry for this technique drops the "Leaf-Style" part.
- In the anime, Hayate once used this technique with kunai instead of swords.